18 Harv. C. R.-C. L. L. Rev. 599 (1983)
Book Review

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A Common Law for the Age of Statutes. By Guido Calabresi.
Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982. Pp. 181.
$25.00, cloth.
Reviewed by Shannon C. Stimson*
Guido Calabresi's new book travels much the same path as
many recent works on judicial process in attempting to cir-
cumscribe and thereby delimit the scope of judicial authority.' A
Common Law For The Age of Statutes, however, adds a new and
provocative twist to this endeavor. What is new is its focus on the
nonconstitutional adjudicatory problems and practices of courts
well beneath the frequently scrutinized Supreme Court. While set-
ting his sights at lower levels of court activity, Calabresi continues
to show a kindred concern with those earlier efforts at Supreme
Court analysis. That is, Calabresi too is concerned with the strain
which the enormous increase in constitutional adjudication dur-
ing recent years has placed on public confidence in the Supreme
Court and the judicial process.
*Ph.D. Harvard University, (expected) 1983; A.M. Harvard University, 1980;
A.B. Mount Holyoke College, 1973.
'See J. Ely, Democracy and Distrust (1980); R. Dworkin, Taking Rights
Seriously (1978); J. Choper, Judicial Review and the National Political Process
(1980). All of these books are in some degree responsive to the ideas expressed
by Alexander Bickel. See A. Bickel, The Least Dangerous Branch (1962); The
Supreme Court and the Idea of Progress (1970); The Morality of Consent

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